Birding Routes

THEEWATERSKLOOF BIRDING - INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS Show details

THE ENDEMIC AND OTHER SPECIAL BIRD SPECIES OF THE THEEWATERSKLOOF REGION Show details

BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG WHEATBELT IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA - INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW Show details

THE SIR LOWRYS PASS SITE Show details

THE KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE Show details

THE HIGHLANDS AND VALLEY ROADS LOOPS Show details

THE ELGIN/ GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB & EIKENHOF DAM Show details

HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND NATURE RESERVE Show details

VILLIERSDORP Show details


(NB! This section is still under production and will be completed by middle January 2016. - Ed.)

 

Lying in the centre of a flourishing apple-growing region, which also happens to produce grapes, onions, peaches and apricots, it’s not hard to imagine Villiersdorp’s prettiness and its attraction to visitors. Villiersdorp lies between the N1 and the N2 on the R43 in the Cape Overberg Region, in a valley accessed by one of four spectacular mountain passes.
The quaint little town lies just 90 minutes’ from Cape Town, and only 30 minutes’ fromFranschhoek, making it ideally placed and an appealing option for a weekend break. The town is part of the Worcester Wine Route and wine tastings are a regular draw card, particularly at the local farm stall, Kelkiewyn.
Another major attraction is the Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest dam in the region and main source of water to Cape Town, which offers some excellent fishing and water sports.
Between Villiersdorp and Grabouw, the town due south of the Theewaterskloof Dam famous for its apples, lies the Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve, which has small populations of rhebok, klipspringer, duiker and grysbok, and plays an important role in the protection of mountain fynbos.
It is the collection of old Victorian houses, cottages and smallholdings, enhanced by its thriving artists’ community, who have been drawn here largely by the peace and beauty of the surrounds, that give Villiersdorp its character. Autumn is a particularly beautiful time of year in Villiersdorp as the many tree-lined avenues are heavy with leaves of every colour, and in October, at the end of the winter fruit season, Villiersdorp celebrates its annual harvest festival.
WHERE TO STAY IN VILLIERSDORP
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VILLIERSDORP
Situated between the Waterval and Baviaans mountains, this pretty town is lined with oak trees and surrounded by fruit and wine farms. Of the eight Cape Country Meander towns, the “pearl of the Overberg” is closest to the Theewaterskloof Dam. This means Villiersdorp is perfectly positioned as a convenient base for water sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Part of the Worcester wine and olive route, it’s also a popular award-winning wine destination.
There’s much to see and do in and around Villiersdorp. For a start, the 5 100 ha Theewaterskloof Dam, seventh largest in South Africa, offers a vast range of activities. These include keelboat, multi-hull and dinghy sailing, water sports and fresh water angling. 

Villiersdorp is one of four members of the Green Mountain Eco Route. The other three are Botrivier, Elgin Valley (Grabouw), and the Houw Hoek Pass area. Situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Green Mountain Eco Route offers the ideal introduction to sustainable wine producing practices and biodiversity conservation. 

(Note that there are links to more information, trip reports and the like below the photographs that may be used to further plan a visit to the area).

Rock Kestrel  (Image by RM)
Steppe Buzzard  (Image by RM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted Thick-knee  (Image by CM)

 

 

 

Black-shouldered Kite  (Image by CN)

 

 

 

 

 

    THE THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM Show details

    BOTRIVER VILLAGE AND VAN DER STEL PASS Show details

    THE KARWYDERSKRAAL AND SWARTRIVIER ROADS Show details

    CALEDON VILLAGE Show details

    THE CALEDON WILD FLOWER GARDEN Show details

    THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD AND TESSELAARSDAL Show details

    THE R326 BETWEEN STANFORD AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

    THE R406 TO GREYTON Show details

    GREYTON VILLAGE AND NATURE RESERVE Show details

    THE R406 BETWEEN GREYTON AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

    BIRDING IN AND AROUND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Show details